Posts from August 2012

Something About the Book of Romans that will Help You Really "Get" It

By Kenneth Berding Aug. 29, 2012 11:17 a.m. New Testament

Here’s something that many people I talk to about Paul’s Letter to the Romans don’t seem yet to have grasped.  The earliest house churches in Rome would have been primarily Jewish and would have culturally felt Jewish, but in A.D. 49 the Roman Emperor Claudius kicked the Jews out of Rome.   Jewish Christians, of course, would have been expelled along with the rest of the Jews.  During the five years between Claudius’s edict (A.D. 49) and his death (A.D. 54) when the edict lapsed and Jews started to return, the composition and self-understanding of the house churches in Rome would have shifted considerably.  Paul’s letter to the Romans would have arrived in Rome somewhere around A.D. 57, during the period when Jews were still trickling back into Rome.  If you can fix in your mind that the expulsion of Jews from Rome had a tremendous impact on the churches in that city, you will understand the message of Romans oh-so-much better!

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Hidden Sins, Part One

By Dave Talley Aug. 24, 2012 9:38 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Old Testament

Sin is a reality with which we all must live.  No one can escape the struggles we have with rebelling against God’s call on our lives (cf. Romans 3:10, 23).  However, it is possible to choose whether one will vigorously fight the battle that wages against the flesh or not.  The battle can be overwhelming, but it does not have to result in demoralizing defeat.

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The God Who Triumphs Over Us: 2 Corinthians 2:14

By Moyer Hubbard Aug. 21, 2012 10:08 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament

Which version interprets 2 Cor 2:14 more accurately, the English Standard Version or the New Living Traslation?

"But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere" (ESV).

"But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume" (NLT).

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Spiritual Gifts, Anthropocentrism, & Bluefin Tuna

By Joe Hellerman Aug. 17, 2012 9:32 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

I turn sixty years old this October. Talbot School of Theology has kindly given me the Fall semester off to mourn this milestone in my life.

But what’s to mourn? I’m just that much closer to seeing Jesus face-to-face! So, I decided, instead, to celebrate my chronological landmark.

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From The Mouth Of Babes

By Joe Hellerman Aug. 16, 2012 5:01 p.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Theology

Check this out. A quote from a kid who came to Christ at Hume Lake last week. It doesn't get any simpler, or any more profound, than this:

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Psalms Study Resources

By Kenneth Way Aug. 15, 2012 8:35 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

I want to announce a new resource, as well as make a shameless plug, for small group Bible studies and Sunday School classes.  It’s a DVD providing four 15-minute sessions about the book of Psalms.  It is part of the new Deepening Life Together video series published by Baker Books, LifeTogether and Lamplighter Media. 

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Reading the Bible

By Nell Sunukjian Aug. 8, 2012 11:32 a.m. Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

Reading the Bible. It sounds so simple. Just read the Bible every day, or at least read it regularly for nourishment and insight and communication with God.

But how do we do it? In a time when the lack of Biblical knowledge extends from the average churchgoer to students entering Biola University, reading the Bible is more necessary than ever. But it’s harder than we thought.

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